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UT Martin to host finalists for vice chancellor for student affairs

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin has conducted a national search for candidates to fill the position of vice chancellor for student affairs left open by the retirement of Dr. Margaret Toston earlier this year. A search committee has identified four finalists who will participate in campus open forum sessions Oct. 1-5.

All open forums will begin at 3 p.m. in Watkins Auditorium on the first floor of the Boling University Center. All sessions are open to the public. A schedule of appearances is below:

  • Brandon Frye, Oct. 1
  • Jamie Mantooth, Oct. 2
  • Andy Lewter, Oct. 3
  • Mark McCloud, Oct. 4

Dr. Brandon Frye

Frye is associate vice president for enrollment and student affairs, dean of students and deputy title IX coordinator at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. He accepted this position in 2017 after serving as assistant vice president for student affairs since 2013. In his current role, Frye has played an active role in the development and implementation of the university’s strategic plan; created new programs and services to support student retention; and formed a new Office of Student Involvement to engage more than 70 percent of the first-year class during the past academic year. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education and a master’s degree in student development from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, as well as a doctoral degree in student affairs administration from the University of Georgia in Athens.

Dr. Jamie Mantooth

Mantooth has led the UT Martin Office of Enrollment Services and Student Engagement as executive director since 2015 after spending three years as director of retention services at Murray State University. In his current role, he has helped improve fall-to-fall retention rates of first-year students 1.6 percent from fall 2015 to fall 2017; supervised the recruitment of the largest class of first-year students since fall 2014; and restructured merit-based scholarships to award more students, including transfer students. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UT Martin, a Master of Education in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from Auburn University in Alabama.

Dr. Andy Lewter

Lewter has been dean of students at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville since 2013, and he previously spent 17 years in student affairs at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. In his current position, Lewter has created a bias incident response process; supervised the move of several departmental units into the division of student affairs; and opened The Hub, which houses the university’s Cultural Center, Women’s Center and LGBT programs. He holds both a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Doctor of Education in higher education administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He also earned a Master of Education in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Dr. Mark McCloud

McCloud moved to the position of interim assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students at UT Martin this year after serving two years as director of the Office of Career Planning and Development. He spent nine years as assistant director for career development at the University of Mississippi in Oxford prior to working with UT Martin. In his current position, McCloud oversees university career services; student conduct; student life and multicultural affairs; the Student Concern Team; and evaluation and assessment within the Division of Student Affairs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UT Martin, and both a master’s degree in higher education and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Mississippi.

The vice chancellor for student affairs is the primary student advocate within the UT Martin community. The position provides supervision and leadership development for the areas of student affairs, residential and student life, dining services, student health and counseling services, student conduct, career planning and development, multicultural affairs, and student affairs evaluation and assessment. The vice chancellor supports the development, assessment and improvement of student services to meet expectations of the university’s mission and strategic plan.

John Abel has served as interim vice chancellor since Toston’s retirement in June. He will return to his position as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students when the vice chancellor’s position is filled.

The search committee, chaired by Dr. Todd Winters, dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, includes UT Martin faculty, staff and student representation.

More information on individual candidates is available at

Ashlie Czyz, director of human resources programs and executive recruiter for the University of Tennessee System, is serving as executive recruiter for this position. For more information on the search process, contact Czyz at



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